The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten)

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In this film, Mozart's opera The Magic Flute is brought to the screen. Sung in Swedish, the libretto remains as ever: a gentle parody of the initiation ceremonies of the Masons, offered as an other-worldly fantasy involving a kidnapped princess, a vengeful Queen of the Night, and a carefree wanderer.

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Critic Reviews for The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten)

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (2)

  • Ingmar Bergman has never before made a movie so warm, happy and innocent... It's as if all this joy has been building up inside him during the great decade of metaphysical films beginning with Persona.

    Jul 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Using the opera's timeless whimsy and inventiveness, the movie replicates a performance on the stage that is so good that it almost makes you forget the participants' ABBA-like hairstyles.

    Dec 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The intelligence and clarity of Bergman's The Magic Flute is a marvel.

    Dec 1, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Ingmar Bergman's mounting of the Mozart masterpiece is appealingly conventional.

    Aug 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • An absolutely dazzling film entertainment, so full of beauty, intelligence, wit, and fun that it becomes a testimonial not only to man's possibilities but also to his high spirits.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5
  • The film doesn't offer much. It's a true version, with some glimmers of irony and good humor, always in between cinema and theater. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Jul 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten)

  • Sep 29, 2008
    Everyone else is mental! Giving this film such high ratings. I am a fan of Mozart and I have a high tolerance for lengthy foreign films and musicals, bu this was near unbearable. I usual enjoy the songs from this opera, but they are now banned for a year, because of the bad memories from this film. It's so long and for some reason the camera pans to members of the audience for the first four minutes of the film. And throughout the opera at random points the camera pans to some little girl in the audience watching the opera. I mean WTF?? I thought I was watching the opera. DO NOT RENT THIS FILM!! IT"S SO BORING!
    Marion R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2008
    The opera works surprisingly well in Swedish, and, of course, Bergman's adaptation of this wonderful piece is one of a kind.
    vieras e Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2007
    Excellent. Great take on a great opera by a great director.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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